The Right Doctor Begins Here
Whatever you’re looking for in a doctor, your search should begin here, with a study of the doctor’s background and professional qualifications. Make sure the doctor is board certified in the specialty most qualified to treat your condition. (To learn more about your treatment options, visit our partner healthsite, Better Medicine.)
Pay special attention to factors that distinguish this doctor from others you’re considering. Does the doctor have more experience treating your condition? Has the doctor received special honors—or disciplinary sanctions?
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- Specialties: General Surgery - Board Certified
- 48 years old
- Graduated in 1990, University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Medicine
Procedures Performed by Dr. David Thomas CozartMore
- Sentinel Node Biopsy
- Malignant Tumors
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Critical Care Medicine
- Central Line Placement
- Chest Tube Insertion
- Arterial Line Placement
- Care Of Critically Ill Patient
- Swanganz Catheter Insertion
- Swanganz Interpretation
- Permanent Nail Removal
- Rectal Surgery
- Rigid Sigmoidoscopy
- Colorectal Surgery
- Laparoscopic Colon Resection
- Muscle Biopsy
- Stomach Surgery
- Bile Tract (Bile Duct) Procedures & Surgeries
- Colonoscopy W/Polypectomy
- Endoscopic Polypectomy
- Colon & Rectal Disease
- Colon Cancer Prevention/Screening
- Esophageal Dilation
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Aortic Aneurysm
- Central Venous Access
- Cerebrovascular Disease
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Temporal Artery Biopsies
- Vascular Anomalies
- Venous Access Creation/Care
- Soft Tissue Surgery
- Suture Soft Tissue Wound
- Traumatic Injuries
- Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery
- Swan Ganz
- Snare Polypectomy
- Ostomy Care
- Reoperative Surgery
- Intestinal Biopsy
- Life Threatening Illness
- Small Bowel Enteroscopy
- Crohn's Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Lymph Node Biopsy
- Condyloma Destruction
- Mole Removal
- Tumor Resection
- Foreign Body Removal
- Ganglion Of Wrist
- Minor Surgery
- Simple Skin Biopsy
- Skin Lesions
- Gastrointestinal Oncology
- Cancer Of The Spleen
- Oncology Surgery
- Blood Vessel Problems
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
- Hiatal Hernia
- Advanced Laparoscopy Procedures & Surgeries
- Breast Exams
- Breast Surgery
- Colon Cancer
- Intensive Care
- Surgical Oncology
- Liver Biopsy, Pancreatitis
- Bowel Surgery
- Exploratory Surgery
- Gastric Tube Insertion
- Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
- Lymph Node Resection
- Small Bowel Surgery
- Adult Trauma
- Foot Surgery
- Ingrown Toenail Surgery
- Wound Care
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Minimal Access Surgery
- Removal Of Foreign Bodies
- Head & Neck Surgery
- Skin Biopsy
- Breast Cancer
- Head and Neck Cancers
- Colorectal (Colon) Surgery
- Thyroid Surgery
- Colon Surgery
- Gallbladder Surgery
- General Surgery
- Hernia Surgery
- Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
- Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
- Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
- Breast Biopsies
- Laceration Repair
- Gastrointestinal Cancer
- Abdominal Disorders
- Acid Reflux
- Gynecomastia (Correction Of Enlarged Male Breasts)
- Excision Of Skin Lesions
- Skin Cancer Removal
- Liver Biopsy
- Varicose Veins
- Vascular Access
- Peripheral Vascular Bypass Surgery (Lower Extremity Bypass)
- Vascular Surgery
- Dialysis Access Procedures
- Peg Tubes
- Gastrointestinal Surgery
- Antireflux Surgery
- Trauma Surgery
- Tumor Surgery
- Laparoscopic Antireflux Procedures
- Inguinal Hermia Surgery
- Laparoscopic Abdominal
- Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
- Hernia & Hydrocele Repair
- Mole and Wart Removal
- Adrenal Disease
- Parathyroid Surgery
- Surgical Critical Care
- Breast Tumors
- Head & Neck Tumors
- Removal Of Spleen
- Neck Mass Excision
- Ultrasound Of The Thyroid
- Fine Needle Aspirs Of Breast
- Peritoneal Dialysis Procedures
- Fistulas For Dialysis
- Peripheral Vascular Surgery
- Burn Care
- Surgery For Difficult Benign or Suspected Malignancies
- Lysis Of Adhesions
- Right Heart Catheterization (Swan - Ganz)
- Ultrasound - Guided Biopsies
- Laparoscopic gall bladder surgery
- Operative laparoscopy
- Pancreatic surgery
- Fine Needle Aspiration - Thyroid
- Partial mastectomy, lumpectomy & sterotaxis
- Sigmoidoscopy - Flexible
- Arterial grafts
- Vascular procedures
- Skin, deep tissue & breast procedures
- Endocrine surgery
- Adult breast cancer consultation
- Pre - operative care
- Non - surgical treatment of hemorrhoids
- Skin surgery
- Enteral & parenteral nutrition management
- Duodenal surgery
- Laparoscopic gall bladder removal
- Gerd Surgery (Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery Or Acid Reflux Surgery)
- Hepatobiliary (Liver & Bile Tract Or Bile Duct) Surgery
- Liver surgery
- Aspiration of Breast Cysts
- NISSEN fundoplication
- Abdominal surgery
- Abscess drainage & surgery
- Bowel resections
- Colon resection
- Post - operative Care
- Varicose vein surgery
- Suture uncomplicated lacerations
- Thyroid - Fine Needle Aspiration
Finding the Best Doctor Who Is Right for You
Choosing a doctor is one of the most important and personal decisions you make. Your doctor is your partner in health and is there to guide you through many decisions about protecting your health, staying healthy, and coping with illness.
While a good doctor-patient relationship develops with time and is built on trust, you can ensure a good start but taking the time to find the best doctor who is right for you or a family member.
Start by creating a list of potential doctors. Ask family, friends, and other healthcare providers for recommendations. If you have a medical condition that requires specialty care, ask your primary care doctor to refer you to doctors who can work closely with your primary care doctor to coordinate your care.
With list in hand, take the time to do your research. Call each doctor’s office to see if he or she is accepting new patients. If so, ask for an appointment to meet and interview the doctor. Explain to the receptionist that you’d like a consult.
Consider the following when finding the best doctor for you:
- Doctor’s Credentials. Board certification is one of the most important factors to consider; it tells you that the doctor has the needed training, skills and experience to provide healthcare in their specific field. Also confirm that the doctor has no history of malpractice claims or disciplinary actions.
- Doctor’s Experience. When you’re facing health issues, experience matters. The more experience a doctor has with a condition or procedure, the better your results are likely to be.
- Gender. It is important for you to feel comfortable with your doctor’s gender because you will need to openly discuss personal information. And don’t hesitate to ask a doctor about his or her recent training and experience specifically related to your condition and your gender.
- Hospital Quality. Consider the quality of care at the hospital where the doctor can treat patients. Quality matters to you because patients at top-rated hospitals have fewer complications and better survival rates.
- Communication Style. Choose a doctor with whom you are comfortable talking and who supports your information needs.
- What Your Insurance Covers. Your insurance coverage is a practical matter. To receive the most insurance benefits and pay the least out-of-pocket for your care, you may need to choose a doctor who participates in your plan.
Your goal is finding the best doctor who suits your needs. You want to get the best care from someone you can trust and who puts you at ease.
The Right Doctor in the Right Place
In a perfect world, the right doctor would be right around the corner. In reality, you may need to sacrifice some convenience to find the doctor who best meets your needs. If this doctor isn’t everything you’re looking for, search for nearby doctors.
Bear in mind also that many doctors work out of multiple offices. When you call to make your appointment, be sure to confirm the location.
How to Select the Right Hospital
If you should need to go to a hospital for care, you and your doctor should discuss which hospital provides the best care for your medical needs. Some hospitals may be better equipped and have expertise in performing certain procedures.
To evaluate a hospital, you’ll want to check the hospital’s experience in treating people with your condition, the quality rating they received for any procedures you need, and their record for keeping patients safe. Discuss your hospital options with your doctor to get the best possible care available.
Why Researching Your Doctor’s Hospital Is Important
Why Researching Your Doctor’s Hospital Is Important
Healthgrades Hospital Quality Ratings
Dr. Cozart has admitting privileges at Shoals Hospital:
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What Patients Say About This Doctor
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We report on eight measures of care, plus the ultimate compliment—patients’ willingness to recommend the doctor to their family and friends.
Learning what patients say about this doctor can give you a good sense of what your own experience might be like with this doctor.
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How to Get the Most Value from Your Appointment
Your relationship with your doctor is a partnership. The better able you are to communicate your needs and understand your options, the more productive your appointment will be and the more likely you are to get the treatment you need.
The time you have with your doctor is all too brief. A little preparation will help you make the most of it.
Accepting New Patients: YesAccepted Insurances
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Establishing a Partnership With Your Doctor
Choose a doctor with whom you are comfortable talking. Your doctor may be helping you make life and death decisions, so you must feel that your doctor cares about you, listens to you, answers your questions, and helps you understand. You should not feel afraid to discuss anything with your doctor or feel intimidated in any way.
Talk with your doctor about your values and preferences regarding care. Do you prefer to try more conservative therapies first? Do you wish to complement traditional therapies with alternative therapies? Will your doctor support your preferences?
Find a doctor who supports your information needs. If you prefer to be well informed about your condition, find a doctor who will provide additional resources for you and who will allow time during your appointment for you to ask questions.
Talk with your doctor about how involved you wish to be in making decisions. Do you want to know all your options before making a decision? Does your doctor support you seeking a second opinion?
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